The (Emerging) 2010 Book Selections
Maybe I just want to know if what I have read this year was any good in terms of the ‘experts’, and I feel secretly satisfied if my reads make the list. Take this one from the San Francisco Chronicle–top fiction, non fiction and emerging Bay Area writers. Or even the more elite NY Times Best 2009–5 fiction, 5 non fiction.
But it’s overwhelming too. 100 notable books? I want something tighter, more inspiring and more achievable.
What I need is a plan.
So, after some research, personal motivations and snap judgements, here’s are my book selections for 2010:
4. Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann.
My spontaneous pick. Liked the back cover, the first few pages and seen the title over and over on Best Of lists.
5. Brooklyn, Colm Toibin
My international selection. Won the Costa Award (formerly Whitbreads), overlooked for the Booker.
6. Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
My children’s pick. I have been stubborn too long. Twins have read a book I have not. It’s time.
8. The Vagrants, by Yiyun Li.
My hometown pick. Yiyun is in the same school community and I am awed by the first-novel status. Named a notable emerging Bay Area writer.
I guess you could say I am front loading the nightstand…with more to come.
Love to hear what you or your bookgroups have selected for this year…..